Wednesday, 21 August, 2019

Tennessee Dem rips states lawmakers for punishing Memphis over statues

Tennessee Dem rips states lawmakers for punishing Memphis over statues Tennessee Dem rips states lawmakers for punishing Memphis over statues
Patty Aguilar | 19 April, 2018, 01:36

The quarter-million was supposed to go to the city's bicentennial celebration next year, but as a way of punishing the city for removing Confederate monuments, Tennessee's House appropriations passed a last-minute retaliation amendment that triggered a lively floor debate with both sides slinging hyperbolic accusations, FOX 61 reported.

Tennessee's Republican-controlled House on Tuesday retaliated against Memphis for removing two Confederate monuments by withholding $250,000 previously earmarked for the city's 2019 bicentennial celebration.

"I think the city of Memphis, like any other city in the nation, needs to if not obey the law, at least obey the spirit of the law", he said. The amendment was approved with a 56-31 vote and was introduced following Memphis' decision to take down two racist statues past year.

The move reportedly came in response to the city's decision to remove two confederate statues past year from a city park - one of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and another of Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader Nathan Bedford Forrest.

"From Scopes Monkey Trial, to 10 Commandments resolution of '96, &now to punishment of #Memphis for removing statues that honor leaders of the Confederacy, the TN House of Representatives sadly continues to embarrass #Tennessee across the nation", Cohen tweeted.

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The amendment's sponsor, Rep. Steve McDaniel (R-Parkers Crossroads) - who is a vocal advocate for preserving historical monuments - made it abundantly clear that this was introduced as a effect of Memphis' decision.

"If you recall, back in December, Memphis did something that removed historical markers in the city", Tennessee Republican Rep. Steve McDaniel said at the House.

Ahead of the city's 200th anniversary in May 2019, Memphis government officials have been working on a plan that Mayor Jim Strickland (D) calls "Memphis 3.0". It angered several Memphis lawmakers, including Democrat Raumesh Akbari, who blasted the decision on the House floor. Rep. Andy Holt, (R-Dresden), maintained that "bad actions" have "bad consequences".

Regardless, this type of spiteful and malicious political stunt contradicts everything the United States supposedly stands for in regards to freedom and democracy.

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